By Don C. Brunell/Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.
California has become a manufacturing “job killer” bastion because of its shackling regulations, high taxes, and excessive permitting requirements. Its quagmire of government-mandate programs is accelerating an industrial exodus.
In 2009, the Milken Institute reported California lost 79,000 manufacturing jobs in just six years (2003-2007) prior to the “Great Recession.” In contrast, seven other competing states gained 62,000 workers. The report blames the state’s onerous regulations and high taxes for pushing business elsewhere.